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  • Neil W. Blackmon

    Neil W. Blackmon joined the firm as an associate in 2017, based in the Miami office. His current practice focuses in the area of insurance coverage, appeals and complex civil litigation.

    Mr. Blackmon is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned a Bachelor degree in English, graduating with honors. While an undergraduate, Mr. Blackmon became the first University of Florida student selected three times to the Cross-Examination Debate Association All-American team. He was also a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Society and UF’s oldest and most prestigious fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega.

    Following undergraduate, Mr. Blackmon worked as the Director of Debate at Pace University, taught argumentation and volunteered in New York City high schools before returning to the University of Florida to attend the Levin College of Law. In law school, Mr. Blackmon earned Book Award honors in Criminal Law (Police Practices) and Federal Courts and served on the Editorial Board of the Florida Journal of International Law.

    Before joining the firm, Mr. Blackmon worked for six years as an assistant public defender in multiple Florida jurisdictions, where he gained extensive motion, appellate and trial experience. Mr. Blackmon tried over thirty cases to verdict, ranging from simple misdemeanors to felony charges punishable by life. In both 2012 and 2013 he was honored with the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers “Hat Trick Award” for three consecutive not guilty verdicts in a calendar year. Mr. Blackmon served as a member of the Florida Bar Association Government Lawyers Executive Council in 2015. Most recently, in 2016, he received an award for pro bono excellence from Three Rivers Legal Services of Gainesville.

    Mr. Blackmon is active in the community, where he is a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Fort Lauderdale, volunteers with the Wounded Warrior Project and coaches girls soccer. He is also a freelance soccer journalist, having written for a variety of nationally-recognized publications as well as his own soccer website.

    Mr. Blackmon is admitted to practice in all Florida Courts as well as the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the Dade County Bar Association, the Coral Gables Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Defense Lawyers Association.

     

    Education:

    University of Florida, B.A. English, cum laude

    University of Florida, J.D.

     

    Contact Information

    420 South Dixie Highway, Third Floor

    Coral Gables, Florida 33146

    Telephone: (305) 667-0223

    Facsimile: (305) 284-9844

    E-Mail:  nblackmon@gaebemullen.com